From a space.com article about the recently discovered “dark flow” (massive amounts of our universe flowing towards a fixed point at ridiculous speeds) comes this little gem on “inflation theory”:
A theory called inflation posits that the universe we see is just a small bubble of space-time that got rapidly expanded after the Big Bang. There could be other parts of the cosmos beyond this bubble that we cannot see.
So…apparently we live (might live) in a “bubble” of space time in a universe that exists outside of our observable surroundings. I will give $20 to the first NASA scientist that dubs this material/area outside our bubble “The Phlogiston”.
Also, someone better plug that hole in our universe quick! Beofre things get ugly!